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Chicago and Baltimore Flair With Violence Over Memorial Day

Violence Complacency Hardness of Heart

Source: “At Least 56 Reported Shot in Chicago’s Violent Memorial Day Weekend” BY MAX KUTNER, posted NEWSWEEK, 5/26/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Matthew 5:21

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ILLUSTRATION

“Memorial Day weekend was a violent one in Chicago,” reports NEWSWEEK Magazine, “where at least 56 people were shot and a dozen people died in shootings.”

The weekend was likewise exceedingly deadly in Baltimore where 29 were shot, 9 of them fatally.

One Chicago resident downplayed the violence, saying the media makes it all sound worse than it is, and the situation is not as dire as it seems. “We know that this happens in very large metropolitan areas. Chicago is no different than what’s going on in Baltimore, Philly or Detroit,” said Asiaha Butler, president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, the Chicago neighborhood where at least three of the shootings are reported to have happened. “I stayed on my porch this entire weekend. I barbequed this weekend. I did not hear one gunshot.”

APPLICATION

Not as dire as it seems? Really?

In a culture and society where anger and conflict are increasingly solved by the pull of a trigger, it seems familiarity is not breeding contempt but rather complacency. This is what sin does—over time, it dulls our senses and callouses our hearts.

God forbid we get used to such staggering displays of man’s anger run amuck. In God’s economy, to even think angrily against another constitutes murder, and it is every bit as “dire as it seems.”

“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell” (Matthew 5:21-22, NLT).

Why Don't YOU Stop The Violence?

Hypocrisy Violence Integrity

Source: Fox News

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2014-11-04

Scripture: James 1:27 ; James 3:1

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ILLUSTRATION

An AP story published this morning (11/04/14) is thick with irony. Two community organizers “with a local Stop the Violence group” were arrested and jailed in Washington, Pennsylvania for, get this, “severely beating a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute” (FoxNews.com).

They “allegedly jumped the man as he was walking down the street on Tuesday." Police report that the defendants kicked the victim repeatedly while he was unconscious, causing serious injuries.  The female defendant “was still wearing the same ‘Stop the Violence’ T-shirt that she had on the night before when she led a march in the city protesting two recent shootings."

The victim remains in critical condition.

APPLICATION

We have heard of the environmentalist driving the gas-guzzling SUV and the televangelist having an adulterous affair, but the peace protestor beating up somebody?  That’s a new one!
 
Whatever form it takes, the Bible warns against the hypocrisy of preaching one thing while living something else, saying “beware of it” (Luke 12:1), “let love be without it” (Romans 12:9), “don’t be carried away by it” (Galatians 2:13), “eliminate it” (James 3:17), and “put it aside” (1 Peter 2:1).

Gunmen Open Fire on Mother's Day Parade

Violence End Times Immorality

Source: "Gunmen Shoot 2 Kids, 17 Others at New Orleans Mother's Day Parade" By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor, May 13, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-05-13

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1

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ILLUSTRATION

Just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing rocked the nation, nineteen people, including two children were shot during a New Orleans Mother's Day parade (5/12/13). While some were seriously injured, thankfully none were killed.

In an effort to assuage undue concern, the FBI was quick to declare that this "incident" was "strictly street violence," not terrorism--as if this should make us feel better. 

APPLICATION

There was a time when street violence--perpetrated by our own citizens within our own borders--was a big deal. Now it seems to pale in comparison to the violence of "terror" from without.

Violence of any type is troubling. But shouldn't the violence that happens on America's streets be even more concerning to us than any visited on us from abroad? After all, home grown violence speaks of our own moral and social decline. This is the violence of which the Scriptures warn which will be indicative of the latter days.

"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God …" (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

Mother Loses Fourth Child to Gun Violence

Violence God's Deliverance Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-30

Scripture: Romans 3:10 ; Isaiah 60:18

Author: Associated Press
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The Unopened Gift

Abuse Christmas Self-worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: John 3:16

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Look What You Made Me Do

Revenge Forgiveness Anger

Contributed By: Major Dalton | Date Posted: 2017-10-29

Scripture: Proverbs 19:11 ; Romans 12:17

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The Cost to Kill

Anger Murder Conflict

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-16

Scripture: Romans 5:8

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Puppy Adds To Soft Answer

Anger Communication Confrontation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: Proverbs 15:1

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GOD CAN FIX THIS!

Prayer Politics Anger

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-04

Scripture: Philippians 4:13 ; 1 Timothy 2:2

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Does Religion Cause War?

War Hatred Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-21

Scripture: John 13:35

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